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February 15, 2011

Well, Phase One of this year's major facelift of Irvania.com is complete. This newly rewritten blog software is working well, if I do say so myself.

It's not perfect. There's no capability for RSS feeds (I think two or three people had set up RSS feeds for the old blog) and the system for submitting comments is a bit chunky (in essence, send me an e-mail and I'll patch in the comments manually) but that's not too high a price to pay, considering the few genuine (that is, non-spam) comments we get here.

Much to my delight, there's even been a decrease in the number of attempted attacks on the blog section. I'm not sure if that's because the would-be attackers finally came to their senses and realized there's no longer anything there to attack, or if they've been thwarted by my new level of anti-spam defense.

In effect, I've set up a variant of the RickRoll on people trying to break into the blog and discussion forum. I intercepted their primary avenues of approach and redirected them to a video of a song by Cee Lo Green. Perhaps you've heard of the song. I used the clean version, of course. This is a family web site after all.

Phase Two of the web site redo involves the discussion forum. As you probably know if you're a long-time reader, there's not much activity on the forum. There are only 20 registered users (one of which is me, and another is a system test user ID) and no new messages in quite some time.

There are two problems, one major and one minor, with the discussion forum. The minor problem is that as the only remaining portion of Irvania.com that I didn't write myself, the forum doesn't look or feel like the rest of the web site, and this has caused a small amount of confusion.

The major problem with the forum is that, because it runs the YaBB software package, it's practically a magnet for spammers and hackers. When new user registration is activated, I have to spend time cleaning up the 8 to 30 bogus ID's that pop up every day. It's an easy task but it's more effort than it's worth for the low volume of traffic in the forum, and that's several minutes a day I'm not writing about Jake and Voltoon. Or playing Plants vs. Zombies, as the case may be.

So, I've come up with a list of my options. More on that next time.

"I guess the change in my pocket wasn't quite enough..."

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